Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Bunbury City Council has given the go ahead to concept plans for the City’s first ever purpose-built Youth Precinct.
The concept plans outline the design for the precinct which is set to include a skate park, parkour area, multi-use courts, public open space, chill out zones, performance space, designated area for food trucks as well as shelter, toilet facilities and space for incorporating youth services.
Art installations and creative lighting elements have also been included.
Extensive community consultation was carried out during September and October by creative consultants Playce.
Playce visited local schools and held four consultation workshops as well as several pop-up consultation spots in the CBD.
More than 600 people put forward their ideas and gave feedback on the concept which has been earmarked for Luciana Park adjacent to the Leschenault Inlet and across the road from the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
City staff also continued their engagement with key stakeholder groups including the City’s Co-Design Access Panel and the Bunbury Needs a New Skate Park group to ensure key elements of the space such as accessibility, inclusion and technical skate elements were considered.
The chosen location was also a result of extensive consultation with the community.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said this was an exciting milestone for the project.
“This project has been strongly led by the community and I’d also like to acknowledge those who have played a part in the consultation process which has now led to the approval of the concept design,” Mayor Brennan said.
“I would also like to thank the Youth Advisory Council for driving the project as well as Playce for assisting with community engagement.”
Bunbury Youth Mayor Sean Van Der Wielen said YAC was very impressed with the final concept design.
“The mixture of elements in the design mean that the Youth Precinct will be an inclusive place for the whole community,” Mr Van Der Wielen said.
“The extensive consultation undertaken in the development of the concept plan gives me confidence that the voice of Bunbury’s youth has been heard.”
Now that the concept design has been approved the City will call for tenders to produce a detailed design.
Construction of the Youth Precinct is expected to begin in the 2020/2021 financial year.